Disappearing Moken IndigenousPeoples

PhotographerDorte Verner
Prize1st Place in Event / Traditions and Cultures
City/CountryHAMMEL, Denmark
Photo DateNovember 3-6, 2016
Technical InfoNikon D810
Entry Description

The approximately 1,000 Moken indigenous peoples and their lifestyle and traditions are disappearing slowly. They are the only nomadic fishermen and women we have globally. They are loosing their fishing related skills, including boat building, spear fishing, and fish drying. The diving for food has made the Moken able to see better underwater than the rest of us, as they can change the visual focus. Moken children, women and men used to have a fully outdoor lifestyle. This is now under threat. The majority of Moken are now settled in communities and the men have left to work on Thai fishing boats. The tribe is slowly disappearing and we are all loosing important knowledge. These photographs were captured in in the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar.

About Photographer

Dorte Verner’s photography focuses on people that have no voice and will never make the news. She captures their beauty and strength through intimate moments, whether in refugee camps or in indigenous communities impacted by climate change. Dorte's portfolio centers on environmental portraits, with images inspired by the life and livelihood of people living in extreme situations and in remote geographical locations. These include rural areas in Africa such as Omo Valley, the Arabian Deserts, Latin America’s semi-arid areas and the Amazon, and Asia’s mountains and plains. Many of the people living in these areas are affected by climate change, globalization, and other changes, which they have contributed little to. Others are forcibly displaced, including refugees.